Living in New HampshireIyna Bort Caruso
New Hampshire has a small coastline, big mountains and history at every turn.
It is a state for skiers, maple sappers, leaf peepers and peak baggers--that’s the name given to those who aim to climb all 48 of its peaks. Some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast are here in the White Mountain range. Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet high, is the tallest peak in the northeastern U.S. On a clear day one can see into Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Canada.
In the state’s Upper Valley, Lebanon made it to the top of Livability.com’s 2015 Best Towns in America rankings, up from the number three spot the year before. A few short miles north along the Connecticut River is a former Best Town honoree, Hanover. Home to the Ivy League school Dartmouth College, Hanover has a New England cosmopolitan vibe and an incredible offering of outdoor activities. The Appalachian Trail runs down Main Street.
Come presidential election season, this small New England state has a huge impact on the political scene for being the first to hold primary elections. New Hampshire has always had a special place in history. Hancock, for instance, is a town named after local landowner John Hancock who went on to the sign the Declaration of Independence. Nearly every building on Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New Hampshire’s slice of the Atlantic is the smallest ocean coastline in the U.S., just 18 miles long. Seasonal mansions and grand oceanfront estates grace the beach communities of Rye and North Hampton as well as offshore islands. The seacoast’s largest city is Portsmouth, home to some of the state’s oldest residences. This harbor town was born out of a shipbuilding heritage that dates back to the 17th century.
The state’s Lake Region is one of covered bridges, golf courses and music festivals. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest of the region’s 273 lakes and ponds with a 200+ mile shoreline. Just north, pretty Squam Lake is more widely known as “On Golden Pond,” the setting of the 1981 film.
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